Gator News and World Report (9/1/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, September 1, 2006. Ten questions with Florida coach Urban Meyer as season two begins; It was a year to remember - especially because of three games; All seniors named as captains; Spurrier returns to Florida for '96 title team reunion; Meyer Has Numerous Captains To Choose From; Urban sprawl; A coach to believe in and more...

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Sun columnist Dooley picks 'em
I'm back for another flogging. After missing so many bowl picks last year that The Sun outfitted half the city in "I Beat Dooley" T-shirts, they are still going to let me pick the top 10 college football games each week. You're welcome to compete against me but there are no prizes if you beat me. We can't afford it. Heck, Donald Trump can't afford it. Our first week is a nice one with intersectional contests and interstate rivalries. More than anything, it's college football season again. Time to fire up the tailgate parties, ice down some cold ones and track tropical storms. On to the first of many 10-0 weeks.

Ten questions with Florida coach Urban Meyer as season two begins
On Saturday, Urban Meyer will coach his 13th football game at the University of Florida. It seems like he's been around a lot longer than that. As he prepared this week for Southern Miss and the start of his second season as the Gator coach, Meyer took the time to sit down with Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley for 10 Questions.

It was a year to remember - especially because of three games
LSU defensive backs, bending at the waist, hands on their knees, sucking wind in The Swamp. In the first quarter.

All seniors named as captains
n a football team top-heavy in seniors, the Gators could not decide on four or five captains for the season, so Florida is going to be captained by the entire senior class, UF coach Urban Meyer said Thursday.

Spurrier returns to Florida for '96 title team reunion
They left Florida as the program's only national champions. Ten years later, they return the same way.

Celebrating a century
There is one year that stands above all the others in the 100-year history of Florida football.

Rules changes concern coaches
The rule changes designed to help speed up games, which have been hovering around the three-and-a-half hour mark for years, may seem minor, but they have coaches concerned.

UF's Caldwell Eager To Get Back In Game
The leg break looked normal, the doctor told Andre Caldwell. Normal, he said, had Caldwell crashed a car or fallen off a building.

Meyer Has Numerous Captains To Choose From
Florida coach Urban Meyer had declined to name the team captain's since camp opened up in early August.

Urban sprawl
Tennessee was in town, the lights were on at Florida Field and as Chris Leak stepped into the shotgun formation in the middle of the field, CBS switched to a shot of Coach Urban Meyer on the sideline.

'Big shoes to fill'
He might not have been a legend, but Mike Degory's string of 50 starts in a row was legendary.

UF seniors named captains
Coach Urban Meyer named his entire senior class team captains. Instead of sending out a consistent group of players for pregame coin tosses, Meyer will rotate different players for every game.

A coach to believe in
Florida Gators legend Jack Youngblood has had enough success in football to earn a bust in Canton and spot a winner when he sees one. His take on Urban Meyer?

Playmakers at UM, FSU, Florida are missing in action
This state has not endured a drought like this in more than a quarter of a century.

Return game mystifies Meyer
Urban Meyer hopes he found some answers to Florida's return game during the pre-season. Meyer is still in shock about last season's lack on success running back kickoffs and punts.

Senior class will serve as captains
Florida head coach Urban Meyer said the entire senior class will serve as captains this season.

Florida isn't just a football state anymore
This is a state of football stir-crazies who pounce on September like it was a winning Lotto ticket A state mostly divided into thirds among the Gators, Seminoles and Hurricanes, two of whom will dance before a national TV audience Monday night.

How They Match Up
UF ran for 146.8 yards per game; Southern Miss allowed 159.8 yards per game.

Football ticket lottery slights students
If you want tickets to a UF basketball game, you have to know when they become available and claim them. First come, first served. If you want to sit in the front section, get in line.

Jarred Fayson: Poised to break out
JARRED FAYSON, RECEIVER GREAT EXPECTATIONS A former team captain and three-year starter at Hillsborough High, Fayson was rated the No. 3 receiver in the nation by Scout.com. But more impressive, he was a dual threat: He rushed for 936 yards and 22 touchdowns and passed for 883 yards. The Gators are hoping his versatility will pay big dividends in Florida's spread-option offense.

Gator hunting: Can Southern Miss cash in?
For the second year in a row, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles have a chance to give bettors a serious payday in their season opener.

Freshman QB Tim Tebow already is the stuff of Florida legend
There is a cliche in sports about how dedicated players would run through a brick wall for their coach.

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